“The single best indicator of whether a nation will succeed is how it treats its women. When women have health care and women have education, families are stronger, communities are more prosperous, children do better in school, nations are more prosperous…. If you want your country to grow and succeed, you have to empower your women.” – President Obama
New York, Oct, 12, 2016: International Day of the Girl provides us the opportunity to take stock of this Administration’s progress around Let Girls Learn, an initiative that employs a whole-of-government approach to helping adolescent girls around the world get a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential. As we look towards the future, it is clear that educating girls is among the most strategic and effective investments we can make to achieve our foreign policy and sustainable development goals, which is why the President and First Lady launched Let Girls Learn in March 2015. This Administration’s holistic approach towards girls’ education includes investments of more than $1 billion dollars in new and ongoing programming by the U.S. Government in more than 50 countries, and has established nearly 100 private sector partnerships to promote adolescent girls’ education around the world. To continue these efforts, the President’s FY 2017 Budget requested more than $100 million in new funds for Let Girls Learn.
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